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Color Tagging not Exporting into Mac Finder

Community Beginner ,
Oct 25, 2023 Oct 25, 2023

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I used to be able to export a photo that is tagged with a certain color and see that color tag in my MacOS Finder window. However just today none of the photos I've exported are tagged anymore after export. I'd like to troubleshoot this... I'm using Lightroom Classic after the latest update.

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LEGEND ,
Oct 25, 2023 Oct 25, 2023

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Perhaps you have (accidentally?) changed the settings in the Export dialog that control what metadata is written to the exported file.

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 25, 2023 Oct 25, 2023

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That's what I thought at first but I actually don't see color label as one of the metadata options to be exported...

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LEGEND ,
Oct 25, 2023 Oct 25, 2023

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Are you writing the metadata created in LrC to the original file?

 

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 25, 2023 Oct 25, 2023

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I'm not sure what this means sorry!

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Oct 25, 2023 Oct 25, 2023

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Are you sure you did not use a plugin for this? Unless this changed recently (but I don't think it did), color labels in Lightroom Classic and the Finder are two different things, and so it has never been possible to export an image from Lightroom Classic and make the color label appear on the exported image in the Finder. At least not without using some work around that may involve a plugin: 

https://photo.stackexchange.com/questions/119746/transfer-lightroom-classic-colour-labels-to-mac-fin...

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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LEGEND ,
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I agree with Johan: Without the use of a plugin, Finder never recognized the color labels in photos exported from LR, and LR never recognized Finder's labels.

 

If you don't remember using such a plugin, check the Export settings window, in particular the Post-Process Actions panel in the left column. The plugin may have been broken by LR 13, which appears to have broken a number of such export plugins. 

 

Technical details:

 

Mac OS color labels are stored as extended attributes in the Mac OS file system. LR doesn't understand Mac extended attributes.

 

The color labels applied in LR are stored in the industry-standard XMP:Label field.

 

 

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Community Beginner ,
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I don't remember using a plugin but I think the Export window also changed a bit after the LR update so I don't think I now see what I used to see. Thank you for the help!

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I don't remember using a plugin.... but thank you for the help! Appreciate the workaround with the keyword method and also suggestion of finding a plugin

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